SPRINGVILLE — When 6 a.m. rolled around on Tuesday, Sept. 4, Springville’s children were sleepily huddled at the ends of their driveways instead of curled up, sound asleep, in their warm beds.
Some of the kids probably felt that the rain falling from the sky mirrored their feelings about leaving the summer behind to put their noses back to the grindstone.
But the majority of students I talked to this week were excited about going back to school. Maybe they were looking forward to seeing their friends or playing sports. Or maybe they were sincerely excited about learning. Whatever the case may be, they hopped on the big, yellow buses with more fervor than I would have shown.
West Valley Central School welcomed its new and returning students a day later than Springville-Griffith Institute did, officially opening the 2012 – 2013 school year on Sept. 5.
“I like school, but my coach was kinda mean,” one young elementary school student confessed, after returning home from her first day at school. “I don’t care that summer is over; I missed hanging out with all of my friends,” said a Springville Middle School student, as he adjusted his bass clarinet and began to practice for band.
Those of us who are not teachers and no longer attend school full time may not have had our schedules affected by the first day of school, but the sight of buses lumbering down the street again, mixed with the chill in the air and the leaves falling from the trees, still makes us pause to say goodbye to summertime.
Good luck to all of our local students. May they enjoy a fulfilling and productive 2012 – 2013 school year.